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Mirena IUD Injuries

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Bayer's popular birth control product, the Mirena IUD, is reportedly causing severe health problems in women across the country. One of the device's most harmful side effects is uterine perforation, which occurs when the IUD moves from the implant site and punctures the uterine wall.

If you are dealing with health issues because of the Mirena IUD, you may be entitled to compensation through a Mirena IUD lawsuit. At Altman & Altman, LLP, we are very experienced in going after medical device manufacturers whose products have caused injury. Our drug injury lawyers understand the enormous impact of Mirena IUD injuries on the everyday lives of victims and their families.

How the Mirena IUD Works

The Mirena IUD is a hormonal intrauterine device (IUD) that provides birth control for up to five years after being inserted into the uterus. Made of plastic and shaped like a T, the IUD releases a kind of progestin that thickens the cervical mucus to stop sperm from reaching or fertilizing an egg, and by thinning the lining of the uterus and partially suppressing ovulation.

Attached to the IUD is a plastic string that hangs down through the cervix into the vagina. Users can check to make sure the IUD is in the correct location by feeling for this string. This string also allows doctors to take out the IUD for whatever reason, including when users want to try to become pregnant.

Doctors may insert the IUD at any time, and the procedure takes only a few minutes. Doctors may inject a local anesthetic into the area around the cervix, but this is not necessary in every instance.

Health Problems Associated with the Mirena IUD

One of the most serious health problems associated with the Mirena IUD is vaginal perforation. This can happen when the IUD migrates from implant site and punctures the wall of the uterus, causing extreme pain and permanent complications.

The FDA advises that when perforation occurs, pregnancy may result, and the Mirena IUD must be located and removed, with surgery potentially required. If the IUD is not located in a timely manner, it can migrate outside of the uterine cavity, damaging other organs such as the bladder, bowels, or intestines. A migrating IUD may cause adhesions, peritonitis, intestinal perforations, intestinal obstruction, abscesses, and erosion of adjacent viscera. The risk of uterine perforation is potentially heightened during the postpartum period, in lactating women, and in women with fixed retroverted uteri.

Other side effects associated with the Mirena IUD include:

  • Headache
  • Acne
  • Breast tenderness
  • Breakthrough bleeding
  • Absence of periods (amenorrhea), especially after one year of use
  • Mood changes
  • Weight gain
  • Ovarian cysts
  • Abdominal or pelvic pain
FDA Criticism of the Mirena IUD

In 2009, the Food and Drug Administration sent Bayer a letter criticizing the company for overstating the effectiveness of the Mirena IUD while failing "to communicate any risk information." To be truthful and not misleading, promotional materials like advertisements must contain risk information, said the FDA. Bayer's omission of the most severe and frequently occurring risks misleading suggested that the IUD is safer than has been demonstrated.

Sponsored links overstated the device's effectiveness by not revealing that it only works for 5 years, suggesting erroneously that women can use it indefinitely. Sponsored links also were "incomplete and misleading" because they failed to explain that the IUD is appropriate for women who have had at least one child, allowing people to believe that the product is appropriate for any woman.

The FDA warned that Bayer's promotional materials for the IUD violated the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, as well as FDA regulation, and it instructed the company to take corrective action.

If You Have Injuries from the Mirena IUD

Our Mirena IUD attorneys at Altman & Altman, LLP have represented injury victims for over 40 years. If you are coping with health problems due to the Mirena IUD, please contact us at 617.492.3000 or by email for a free case evaluation. We are available 24/7, and there are no fees for our services unless we recover for you.

Sources:

Mirena (hormonal IUD) , www.mayoclinic.com

Intrauterine Device (IUD) for Birth Control , www.webmd.com, August 22, 2011

Bayer Faces Mirena IUD Lawsuits , www.druginjurylawyersblog.com, December 5, 2012

Mirena , www.accessdata.fda.gov

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